Visiting the legendary home and winery of Randy Dunn a few weeks back fulfilled a long time dream of mine. High on Howell Mountain, up above the fog line in one of the rare environs of the Napa Valley still rural and agricultural in feel, the master and his son, Mike, make one of the most legendary — and amazing — Cabernet Sauvignons in the world.
After a tour, a tasting of library wines dating back to 1998 and, yes, a picture with Randy for my proverbial scrapbook graciously acquiesced to by Randy and just as graciously taken by my loving wife, I wasn’t about to return to Nebraska, and the friends waiting in eager anticipation,without something special. After some discussion, Katie, who keeps things running smoothly and took great care of us all day, strongly recommended the 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from an available list of wines dating back to the early 1990’s. I took the hint.
The 2002 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing wine. Last night several friends and I decanted and shared the bottle. The nose caught our attention from the very start, and three of us sat and inhaled for nearly twenty minutes after it hit our glasses before endeavoring to imbibe. The nose and palate boasted beautiful fruits, along with an incredible array of earthy flavors, from roots to beets to forrest floor. The perfect combination of elegance and complexity, this Cab did what so few do these days and truly blew me away. Best of all, it has nowhere near hit it’s peak yet in my estimation, though I doubt I’d have enough self restraint to keep one in the cellar. Hard to find and costing around $145.00/bottle, it’s a special occasion wine that receives 95 points on my scale.